Nearly 37% (according to DVSA data) of drivers experience failing the MOT test every year and can be disappointing. Not to worry though, the tester or mechanic at the testing station will advise you on what can be done and how quickly the work can be done to get the vehicle back on the road, taxed and insured.
Following are explanations of what to expect in the event of an MOT retest and what you need to do if you want to appeal a decision.
It Failed: What next?
If you fail you will be issued with a VT30 or known as a ‘Refusal of an MOT Test Certificate’. It will have stated on it the vehicle details, MOT Test number, and the reasons why it failed the test. You need to keep a hold of this document because you may need it to retest the vehicle or appeal the decision.
Taking A Retest
Based on the statements noted for the failed test, you will need to address all of the problems stated before having a retest done. Depending on the issues found there are different retest options available which can save you on additional fees.
- If you can have the issues repaired within 10 days of the test, then you can have a partial retest where only the stated issues are tested again. If your MOT Test Centre is also a garage, have it scheduled in and fixed there which can be more convenient for you and quicker.
- Having your vehicle repaired quickly within one day at another garage you are entitled to a free partial retest. For reasons where this option is available, have a look at the DVSA website.
- Taking your vehicle elsewhere for 10 days to get it repaired you will be charged a partial retest fee which is usually half of the initial test costs.
- After 10 days if you bring the vehicle back for a retest, you will be charged for a full MOT test rather than that of a partial test.
Appealing an MOT test decision is best advised with the tester or mechanic at the garage where it was done. In most circumstances there is miscommunication and certain items may need to be clarified.
If you feel the decision is wrong and wish to proceed with an appeal it is advised not to do any repairs or modifications as this can cause the appeal to be cancelled.
- Fill out the ‘Complain about an MOT’ form and send it to the DVSA within 14 working days of the original test date.
- An alternative appointment to retest your car will be arranged within five days. While you’ll be required to pay the full MOT fee again, you’ll be issued a full or partial refund if your appeal is successful.
Can I Still Drive After Failing?
If it has failed its test and it is after the date on your certificate, you can only drive to a garage for repair or a test centre for a re-test, but only if it is completely roadworthy. Doing anything other than this is illegal and may also mean your insurance policy does not cover anything if an accident happens.
Half of MOT failures can be prevented by doing basic maintenance and upkeep.